Bharatpur

At one time, Bharatpur was regarded as an invincible city. Serving as the capital of the Jat Empire, Bharatpur attained a significant place in the royal history of Rajasthan. Bharatpur is mostly famous for the Keoladeo National Park, a safe haven for various species of migratory birds. The city boasts a vibrant history and experiences countless footfalls of travelers round the year. It is also dubbed as the Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan. Set up in 1733 AD by Maharaja Suraj Mal, Bharatpur is one of the top-rated tourist destinations in Rajasthan.

Keoladeo National Park – Keoladeo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The place experiences arrival of migratory birds from countries like Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Siberia and China. The national park is mostly famous for the Siberian Crane, which is an uncommon form of avifauna. At one time, the Maharajas used this place as the duck-hunting area. Most of the migratory birds arrive during the winter months and this is the reason why the winter season is a peak season for birdwatchers in this area. Birds like darters (snakebirds), egrets, grey herons, cormorants, rosy-headed pelicans, and sarus cranes are frequently seen. You will also find a host of sambars, spotted deers, wild boars, large Indian antelopes, hedgehogs and pythons.

Upardangghari Fort or Lohagarh Fort – This is the only citadel in India which is considered as impregnable till date. It houses a museum as well and is one of the jewels of the valiant Jat’s coronet. It is because of this fort, Bharatpur is also known as Lohagarh. The citadel is also known as the Iron Fort. The fort comprises three mansions and they are Mahal Khas, Kishori Mahal, and Kothi Khas. The specialty of this citadel is that it withstood repeated assaults by the British Army, yet it stayed unvanquished.

Government Museum – Another name of this museum is the State Archaeological Museum. If you visit this, you will get a glance of the imperial grandness of the city. The museum is home to more than 4,000 age-old furniture and decorative objects such as coins, carvings, weaponry and artilleries that bear testimony to the glorious history and traditions of the region. The museum remains open from 9.45 am in the morning till 5.15 pm in the evening. On Monday, it is closed and there is an admission fee for visiting this museum.

Ganga Temple – This place of worship lies at the center of the city. Ganga Temple is a very picturesque temple in Rajasthan. There is a saying that it took 90 years to construct this mandir. In 1845, the construction was started by Maharaja Balwant Singh. The name of this mandir originated from a statue of Goddess Ganga along with a huge picture of a crocodile which you will find inside the mandir.

Bharatpur Palace – The Bharatpur Palace features an outstanding fusion of Rajput and Mughal architectural patterns. The majestic residences are ornately beautified with showy floor coverings and superb delicate designs. The museum covers the principal middle section, showing compilations belonging to the 2nd century, which demonstrate the creativity and talent of the area.

These are just some of the tourist draws of Bharatpur. The city has more to offer the astute traveler.